When your hotel consults a feng shui guru to ensure the perfect flow of qiand optimize rooms for a good night’s sleep, you know you’re destined for a restful stay. Welcome to Zagame’s House, a design-driven bolt-hole on the cusp of Melbourne’s Little Italy precinct in the inner-city suburb of Carlton. Renowned for its family-focused Italian restaurants, the Zagame Corporation’s first foray into upscale accommodation is at once high style and homey. The lobby is more like a living room than a reception area, with plush sofas arranged around a wood-burning fireplace and a big communal dining table where breakfast (hemp-seed hotcakes; sweet-corn fritters) is served. Come cocktail hour, ground-floor wine bar Lord Lygon steals the show with light bites like duck san choi bao and truffled-cheese toasted sandwiches. Australian artists were commissioned to outfit public spaces with original works, from eye-popping elevator murals to brass bulldog sculptures—a reminder that the property is pet friendly. But these aren’t the only local collaborations: fashion label Robb & Lulu designed the staff uniforms, while minibars include Mansfield Coffee Merchant brews alongside Everleigh Bottling Co. cocktails and Moon Dog beers. All rooms come with velvet armchairs, Marshall speakers, and amenities courtesy of U.K. brand Cowshed; book the Neon Suite to elevate your stay with a rack of dangerously drinkable wines and complimentary movies.
–61-3/9084-7777; zagameshouse.com.au; doubles from US$160